D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson (Denise Forbes) is a theatre director, sculptor, designer, scholar. Dr. Forbes-Erickson is the Director of the African Community Theatre, the Artistic Director of the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble, and an Assistant Professor of African American Theatre and Dramatic Literature, Department of Theatre and Dance, California State University, Sacramento, USA. Her expertise is in Pan-African theatre including African American, Caribbean, and African theatres and performances. She received a PhD in Theatre: Performance as Public Practice with a Doctoral Portfolio in African and African American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, December 2013. She holds a MA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2006; a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England, 1999; and a Diploma in Sculpture from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, 1990. Dr. Forbes-Erickson has worked across various disciplines in the visual arts and theatre practice, and has exhibited and designed for theatre in England, the Czech Republic, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States. She has designed for ProArts Collective, the premier African American Theatre Company in Austin, Texas; Theatre Centre Company in London, England, and the acclaimed Little Theatre Movement National Pantomime Company of Jamaica. In sculpture, her media are welded steel and mixed media in mostly expressive skeletal figures with themes on freedom from the strictures of gravity. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica and England, and public commissions. Selected designed productions include ‘Biyi Bandele’s Oronooko, Wole Soyinka’s Death and The King’s Horseman, and Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain. She has directed academic theatre in Austin, Texas, Lexington, Kentucky, Ohio, USA, and London, England.

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